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And the death of this great man was agreeable to his life. For we Poftb. are inform'd by one who was Works, - with him when he dy'd, and P. 21. had lived in the fame family for seven years before, That the day before his death he particularly exhorted , all about him to read the Holy
p. 20, 25, Scriptures, That he defir'd to" be, remember'd by them at Evening Prayers, and being told, that if be would, the whole Family should come and pray by him in his chamber, be answer'd be skould be very glad to have it so, if it would not give too much troubie; That an occasion offering to speak of the Goodness of God, be especially exalted the love which God sewed to man, in juftifying bim by Faith in Jesus Chrijt; and return'd God thanks in particular for having called him to the knowledge of that divine Saviour.
About two months before his death he drew up a Letter to a cer- Porb. tain Gentleman ( who after- Works, wards distinguish'd himself by, P.328. a very different way of thinking and writing,) and left this direction upon it, To be deliver'd to him after my decease. In it, are these remarkable words ----This Life is a scene of Vanity that foon passes away, and affords no solid Satiffačtion, but in the consciousness of doing well, and in the hopes of another life. This is what I can say upon experience, and what you will find to be true, when you come to make up the account.
Sir ISAAC NEWTON, universally acknowledged to be the ableft Philosopher and Mathematician that this or perhaps any other Nation has produc'd, is also well known to have been a firm Believer, and a serious Christian. His discoveries concerning the Frame and System of the Universe, were apply'd by him, as Mr. Boyle's Enquiries into Nature had been; to demonstrate against Atheists of all kinds, the Being of a God, and to illustrate his Power and Wisdom in the Creation of the World. Of which a better account
cannot be given, than in the words of an ingenious Person who has View of his been much conversant in his Philosophy, Philosophical Writings: ! At . 405. " the end of his Mathematical Princi• ples of Natural Philosophy, he has • given us his thoughts concerning the • Deity. Wherein he first observes, " that the fimilitude found in all parts
of the Universe, makes it undoubted, that the whole is governed by one
supreme Being, to whom the origi'nal is owing of the frame of nature, • which evidently is the effect of
choice and design. He then proceeds briefly to state the best metaphysical notions concerning God.
In short, we cannot conceive either • of Space or Time otherwise than as
necessarily existing; this Being there'fore, on whom all others depend, 'must certainly exist by the same ' necessity of nature. Consequently
wherever space and time is found, • there God must also be. And as it appears impossible to us, that space
< should be limited, or that time should
have had a beginning. The Deity " must be both immense and eternal.
This great Man apply'd himself with the utmost attention to the study of the Holy Scriptures, and consider'd the several parts of them with an uncommon exactness; particularly, as to the order of Time, and the series of Prophecies and Events relating to the Meffiah. Upon which head, he left behind him an elaborate Difcourfe, to prove that the famous Prophecy of Daniel's Weeks, which has been so industriously perverted by the DEISTS of our times, was an express Prophecy of the coming of the Meffiah, and fulfill'd in Jesus Christ.
- Mr. Addison, fo deservedly celebrated for an uncommon accuracy in Thinking and Reasoning, has given abundant proof of his firm belief of Christianity and his Zeal against Infidels of all kinds, in the Writings that are here publish’d; of which it is cer
tainly tainly known, that a great part of them were his own Compositions.
I mention not these great Names, nor the Testimonies they have given of their firm belief of the Truth of Christianity, as if the Evidences of our Religion were to be finally resolv'd into human Authority, or try'd in any other way than by the known and establish': Rules of right Reason; but my design in mentioning them, is
1. To shew the very great Asurance of those who would make the belief of Revelation inconsistent with the due use of our Reason; when they have known so many eminent instances in our own time, of the greatest Masters of Reason not only believing Revelation, but zealously concerned to establish and propagate the belief of it. .
2. The Remembrance of this will also be a means, on one hand, to hinder well-meaning people from being misled by the vain Boasts of our modern Pretenders to Reason; and, on the